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how are u suppose to know how many diapers if u arent ebf?

everyone says u know if u make enough milk cuz u change 6-8 diapers a day but what if ur already supplementing? i have her to breast every 3 hours until she stops which is usually half hour a boob but she is still hungry afterwards (sucking hand rooting etc) so the pedi told me to give her bottles too cuz she wasnt getting enough! so on the breast every 3 hours plus 2 oz inbetween every feeding and i am only getting 6-8 diapers with the supplementing! would i not be getting enough without then? was pedi right i dont supply enough? i dont want to not give formula to find out i starve her ebf!


Asked by Anonymous at 4:17 PM on Nov. 17, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • I hate when doctors immediately tell women to give formula to help with a hungry baby who is nursing all the time... Newborns are SUPPOSED to nurse all the time. Yes, she's still hungry, but if you give formula it will cause your supply to drop even more. If your baby spends all day on your boob -- your baby is not going to starve.. and your breasts will most likely produce to match the demand.. But if you keep giving formula your supply will continue to drop and it may become more convenient for you to wean. If you don't want to wean, chuck the formula.

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:08 PM on Nov. 17, 2009

  • as long as she's wetting she is okay not every baby pees that much and some pee more

    Answer by josiesmommy00 at 4:20 PM on Nov. 17, 2009

  • I'm not really sure about your ques...but I would be feeding more than every 3 hours to get your milk supply up so you don't have to supplement anymore.

    Answer by MrsPilat at 4:25 PM on Nov. 17, 2009

  • If you're nursing every three hours it's not enough. On demand, NO FORMULA. When she whimpers, nurse. When she sucks her hand, nurse. When she burps, nurse. Expect to be nursing most of the day in the beginning.

    Your supply WILL be fine if you smash your clocks and never nurse on a schedule again.

    Answer by gdiamante at 4:27 PM on Nov. 17, 2009

  • It's Supply and Demand, if she demands it you will supply it. Your Supply will go up as hers does. They go through growth spurts so it will level out again, just give her what she's demanding..

    Answer by MrsLeftlane at 4:28 PM on Nov. 17, 2009

  • By the way...if you toss the clocks and leave her at the breast for as long as she wants to be there you CANNOT starve her. Timing feeds leads to failure to thrive.

    Answer by gdiamante at 4:31 PM on Nov. 17, 2009

  • your pediatrician is setting you up for failure. supplementing in the beginning makes it very difficult to maintain supply. it is normal for babies to want to be at the breast half the day in the beginning. i would wean off the formula or call a lactation consultant. good luck :)

    Answer by Stefanie83 at 4:53 PM on Nov. 17, 2009

  • Whatever. Is she peeing? Is her mouth moist? Are her eyes moist?

    She not dehydrated.

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:01 PM on Nov. 17, 2009

  • doesn't matter, as long as they are peeing and hydrated. it's be the same amount even if just formula feed.

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:21 PM on Nov. 17, 2009

  • Every time a baby cries they are not hungry, every time a baby is trying to suck on something they are not hungry. If you've just fed her, try meeting her needs in other ways before you supplement with formula. You may need to up the feeding to every 2 hours in order to increase your milk supply, but increasing the frequency of feedings will help more than supplementing.

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:46 PM on Nov. 17, 2009